X is for X Out Your Writing Anxiety
Writers face many anxieties. Let me name the ones just off the top of my head: writing, revising, criticism from beta readers, writer’s block, editing, deadlines, publishing, promoting, blogging, social networking, bad reviews, nasty comments, low ratings and low sales. All of this can be overwhelming and cause stress.
I know I’ve had some breakdowns over editing, promoting, and reviews that weren’t so nice. But these are all things we’re going to have to face and keep on facing as we continue with our writing journeys.
When it comes to bad reviews, nasty comments, and low ratings, we have to remind ourselves that it is just one person’s opinion. The key word there is opinion. It’s not a fact, and opinions change vastly from person to person. While what others say can hurt, the only person’s opinion that truly matters is our own. I know I’ve been deeply bothered by these things myself, but I am learning to X them out!
In regards to sales, the fact is sales numbers fluctuate. I remember a month after Hurricane Crimes first came out on Amazon when I was devastated that it dropped below rank #600,000 but it didn’t stay there. I may get a sale here or there, or several at once, and then hit another point where I don’t have any sales for many days. It’s normal for lesser known authors. The only way you’ll have amazing sales figures is if you’re published by a big house and on the NYT Bestseller’s list.
As for everything else, we need to remember to focus on one thing at a time (whether it’s finishing a first draft or editing). When we devote our attention to one task at a time we have a greater chance of conquering it, and crossing it off our list with a big X. And if we keep pushing on by doing everything we can, we will see results!
Here are 16 ways to X out your anxiety:
· Unplug from the Internet for at least one whole day.
· Take a break from writing and editing. (2-3 days tops.)
· Don’t read reviews with 3 star ratings or lower.
· Pre-schedule your blog and Facebook posts. (I do.)
· Get up and dance!
· Take a slow, deep breath, and count to ten.
· Listen to your favorite music. Turn it up!
· Pick up a book you love and read for a good hour.
· Watch a movie that makes you laugh.
· Drink a cup of chamomile tea. (I love all teas and chamomile is one of my favorites. It’s known to be calming.)
· Take a hot bath with lavender oils or bubbles in the water.
· Eat a piece of dark chocolate. (This raises blood sugar.)
· Reconnect with nature by taking a walk or gardening.
· Exercise for at least 21 minutes.
· Play with your beloved pets. (Thank you, Debra.)
SHARE: Your tips for de-stressing.
QUESTION: Out of all the writing anxieties, which one (or ones) causes you most stress?
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